Category: Grassroots Fundraising Journal

Navigating Race & Class Dynamics in Fundraising

Learn how Community Coalition in South Los Angeles built internal support for launching their membership program, using “Race Retreats” for staff to explore their relationship with money and overcome their hesitancy to ask their working class Black and Latinx constituents to invest financially in the work.

Seeding Justice: Revenue-Generating Membership and Fundraising Canvasses for Community Organizing

After the 2008 financial crisis, many social justice groups were forced to rethink their dependence on foundation funding. Learn how base-building organizing groups from around the U.S. have built cost-effective membership and fundraising canvasses to grow a sustainable source of funding from the grassroots.

Resourcing the Movement for Black Lives

William Cordery takes a close look at the role institutional philanthropy has played in supporting the Movement for Black Lives, and how foundations can be more effective partners to social movements.

Starting a Major Gifts Program

Kim Klein walks us through the necessary steps to starting a major gifts program, from setting goals to preparing solicitation materials to asking for renewals.

Tips for Taking Your Twitter Game to the Next Level

Meena Hussain explains the ins and outs of Twitter and shows us how to compose engaging tweets that will expand our reach.

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Let’s Do a Fundraising Event! (Or Not): Crafting Fundraising Event Criteria for Your Organization

How do you determine an event fundraising goal? How can we ensure our events are aligned with our organizational culture and values? Rona Fernandez answers these questions and more, as part of the critical process of developing fundraising event criteria.

Planting Roots for the Migrant Justice Movement in Phoenix

By Caroline Picker. From the July-August 2015 Grassroots Fundraising Journal. Puente Human Rights Movement had outgrown their meeting space. Here’s how they raised $100,000 in six weeks to purchase a building of their own. ON ANY GIVEN MONDAY EVENING, pink streaks from another spectacular Phoenix sunset light up the sky as cars pull into the Puente Human […]

Our Mulitpronged Approach to Crowdfunding: Melding the Old & the New

By Noelle Hanrahan & Lyla Denburg. From the May-June 2015 Grassroots Fundraising Journal. Read how Prison Radio staff and supporters came together to raise $60,000 to defend free speech rights for prisoners.

10 Years, 10 Days, $10K

Staff and board of the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network set out to mark their 10-year anniversary by raising $10,000. Read how they adjusted their plans right before launching their campaign and more than doubled their goal.